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Monet and the Impressionists for Kids: Their Lives and Ideas with 21 Activities

by Carol Sabbeth
     
 

A lifelong love of art is one of the greatest gifts an adult can bestow on a child—and no period of art is better loved or more available to children than Impressionism. Monet and the Impressionists for Kids invites children to delight in Cassatt’s mothers and children, Renoir’s dancing couples, and Gaugin’s island scenes; 21

Overview


A lifelong love of art is one of the greatest gifts an adult can bestow on a child—and no period of art is better loved or more available to children than Impressionism. Monet and the Impressionists for Kids invites children to delight in Cassatt’s mothers and children, Renoir’s dancing couples, and Gaugin’s island scenes; 21 activities explore Monet’s quick shimmering brush strokes, Cezanne’s brilliant rectangles of color, Seurat’s pointillism, and Degas’ sculpture-like circles of dancers. Kids will learn how the artists’ friendships sustained them through repeated rejection by the Parisian art world, and how they lived, painted, and thrilled to the vibrant life of Paris at the approach of the 20th century. A resource section guides readers to important museums and Web sites around the world.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“A handsome book.” —Metrokids

“Carol Sabbeth continues bringing elementary students books that help them enjoy the visual arts.” —The Book Report

“You can be an impressionist, too, by simply doing some of the activities in Monet and the Impressionists for Kids.” —Children’s Digest

The Book Report
Carol Sabbeth continues bringing elementary students books that help them enjoy the visual arts.
Children's Digest
You can be an impressionist, too, by simply doing some of the activities in Monet and the Impressionists for Kids.
Metrokids
A handsome book.
Artist's Magazine
An indispensable learning resource.
Publishers Weekly
Several new offerings open up the world of art for young readers. Monet and the Impressionists for Kids: Their Lives and Ideas by art educator Carol Sabbeth provides a compelling introduction to this 19th-century movement, from the ill-received first exhibition to the artists' later acceptance; she also addresses the life and work of individuals such as Renoir, Degas, C zanne and Mary Cassatt, and includes reproductions, 21 activities and instructions on how to "spot" an artist's work. (Apr.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Carol Sabbeth is a storyteller who impersonates Mary Cassatt. It's easy to visualize her in this role, because her story of the Impressionists unfolds with the charm and warmth of one who not only knows her story, but also loves it. Monet, Renoir, Degas, Cassatt, and Post-Impressionists Gauguin and Seurat come alive in her retelling of their lives and work. The French Salon system suddenly becomes clear; Degas' aloofness makes sense; Gauguin's colorful early childhood in Peru casts light on his adult preoccupation with exotic themes and climes. This is definitely a cut above other art books for kids about the same subject currently glutting the market. The presentation and reproductions are handsome and the back matter is fulsome. As for the 21 Activities included, well, they're the usual baking and cutting and pasting. Luckily they don't interfere with the real meat of the book�which is a fine feast. 2002, Chicago Review Press,
— Kathleen Karr
School Library Journal
Gr 5-10-A beautifully designed introduction to Impressionism featuring chapters on artists associated with this movement. All of the individuals included (Claude Monet, Pierre Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas, Mary Cassatt, Paul Cezanne, Paul Gauguin, Georges Seurat) showed their works at one or more of the Impressionist exhibitions of the 1870s and 1880s; consequently, the book includes some Post-Impressionists, but excludes others such as Vincent van Gogh. The chapters devoted to the artists will be especially useful to report writers. They contain both biographical information and discussions of the work. Sidebars relate anecdotes and quotes, discuss images, and mention other important individuals in the art world. Sabbeth also includes 21 appealing extension activities such as recipes, crafts, games, and writing suggestions. Quality color reproductions on glossy pages, and varied, attractive layouts add to the book. Unfortunately the "for kids" of the title is a bit off target; the text is written at a fairly high level and the primary audience will be those who no longer see themselves as children. Nonetheless, this is a worthy addition to the art shelves.-Robin L. Gibson, Perry County District Library, New Lexington, OH Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781556523977
Publisher:
Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/28/2002
Series:
For Kids Series
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
152
Sales rank:
478,224
Product dimensions:
11.00(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.64(d)
Lexile:
900L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 Years

Meet the Author


Carol Sabbeth is the author of Kids’ Computer Creations and Crayons and Computers. A long-time art educator, she currently teaches art workshops for children. She lives in Denver, Colorado.

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